Jane Kim: San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 6 - A proven progressive leader who has fought to expand access to affordable housing, protect renters, close the income gap and improve public schools. Jane has tackled housing affordability head on. She authored Proposition C to increase the minimum level of affordable housing in new developments from 12% to 25% in the San Francisco Bay Area. Last June Prop C was approved with 68% of voters supporting Jane’s solution. Asking more of the developers who are benefiting most from skyrocketing prices is the right thing to do.
Jane is truly a progressive's progressive.
She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
#Connected is not just a campaign slogan, it's a belief, a founding principle that only together can we achieve greatness. Outside of the Vice President, the American public has had no glimpse into the other 15 cabinet level positions that the President will eventually nominate. Transparency, being a fundamental value which we stand for, is something that this campaign intends on delivering. Here you will find select cabinet positions and the candidates we believe are most suitable to not just lead, but to inspire.
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Tulsi Gabbard: U.S. Congress, Hawaii 2nd District - A member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committee, an Iraq War Vetern (with numerous awards to her name) and one of the strongest advocates of ending our country's policy of interventionism, she is uniquely suited for this role.
In 2016 she introduced the Stop Arming Terrorist Act, a bill that would prohibit the US government from using taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to groups like the Levant Front, Fursan al Ha, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and other allies of al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries who are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups. A seemingly obvious piece of legislation that would benefit all stakeholders across the political spectrum.
The best way for the US to create a path towards peace is to stop funding these terrorist groups, to actually focus on defeating them as they are destroying lives and pose as a direct threat to the United States, and engage with these governments without any preconditions that require leaders to step down. She believes we should let democracy speak, and fully support the people's choices of who will best represent their interests going forward.
The #Connected Team
Dean Baker: Economist and Co-Founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research - The most important piece of background on him is the following: he never worked for Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, or Wells Fargo. His view that the financial sector itself, in all its’ forms, is just too large, and its’ size does not add to efficiency, while it does add to risk. This is a different viewpoint than breaking up the largest banks. If you break up the largest banks, but their role is just passed to smaller banks, you haven’t reduced the size of the financial sector. He has been quoted in saying "Finance is an intermediate good like trucking. It does not directly provide value like food or health care, the value in the financial sector depends exclusively on its ability to make the rest of the economy function better. This means effectively getting money to businesses and households who need to borrow."
Among other topics, his research includes housing, intellectual property, Social Security and Medicare. He is immensely qualified to take the reigns of the economy and re-examine how we can best optimize our financial interests.
He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, a Masters from the University of Denver and a PhD from the University of Michigan.
Peter Green: Deputy Laboratory Director, Science and Technology, National Renewable Energy Lab - A former professor of materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, and applied physics, he served as the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he served as director for DOE's Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) for solar and thermal energy conversion. During that time, the EFRC made significant new advances in science and engineering, which were documented in more than 250 collaborative publications and 20 patent disclosures
Needless to say, he is supremely qualified for the position.
He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Hunter College and a master's and doctorate in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Wes Moore, CEO of Robinhood - An author, philanthropist and social entrepreneur, he is a vocal advocate when it comes to funding programs that make a positive social impact and leading conversations around public policies aimed at reducing hunger, providing educational opportunities for low-income kids and criminal justice reform. Wes is well-known for his book "The Other Wes Moore," a story about two boys with the same name who are from similar circumstances, but took different paths. One is a Johns Hopkins University graduate, a military officer, and a Rhodes Scholar like the real Moore. The other is serving a life sentence in a maximum-security prison for murder.
He has been quoted saying "we have a situation in our society right now where it's far too easy for people to fall into poverty, and it's far too complicated to be able to get them out." This is a leader who has vision that fits right in with the progressive mindset.
He received his associate degree from Valley Forge Military Academy & College, a bachelor degree from Johns Hopkins University & a Master of Letters from Oxford University where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
Secretary of Commerce
Eric McDowell: Principal, North Creek High School, Bothell, WA - A wealth of experience as both a math teacher, curriculum developer and administrator, he is a firm believer that education is a right of all people. Having spent his entire teaching career in the public school system he knows how best to get things done, through collaboration and team work, as well as recognize the benefits of providing a strong, free education to those of all different classes of people.
Above all else, he is a hero who inspires, and that is what we want most from our educators and mentors.
He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from St. Olaf College, a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and an Ed.D, Educational Leadership and General Administration from the University of Washington
Secretary of Veteran Affairs
Open - Yes, for the time being I am leaving this position without a candidate. There are many worthy progressive candidates who could fill this role and it is crucial we get the right person. They must be a suitable partner, a visionary, a fighter for justice, someone who the American people can confirm is not only qualified, but the right person for the job.
Secretary of State
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Treasury
Secretary of Labor
Zephyr Teachout: Law Professor at Fordham University - A staunch anti-trust advocate, she is a modern day version of Teddy Roosevelt. In fact, she actually supports a modern day New Deal that she called the "Rural Electrification Act of the 21st Century" in which we bring high-speed internet to the more remote sections of rural America. More importantly, she never discusses politics in a Democrat vs. Republican way. Like Teddy Roosevelt, she approaches topics in a right vs. wrong moralistic manner.
Her stance that we need to reform our campaign finance system so that big moneyed interests won't have a larger voice than those who have little, is exactly what this campaign stands for. All voices must be heard.
She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Secretary of Energy
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Heather Bowerman: Founder/CEO of DotLabs.org - A leading voice and advocate of women's health, she has an extremely well-versed background encompassing science, technology, policy and business. Her business, DotLabs, is developing a cheap and easy way to test female sex hormone levels and track them online. Additionally, she is the co-founder of HealthTech Women, a non-profit group that brings together professional women across the healthcare Industry sectors to learn about and engage with new technologies that are impacting healthcare today.
She received many honors that include: MIT Technology Review TR-35 - 2016, World Technology Award Finalist, Health & Medicine - 2016, Medical Media & Marketing Women to Watch - 2016, Bayer Grants4Apps Global Winner - 2015, and Intelius Award for Technology presented on the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange - 2012.
She received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley in Bioengineering and her Masters from Harvard University.
Gregg Popovich: NBA Basketball Coach, San Antonio Spurs - A surprise pick to some, but to those who know how much this man values integrity, leadership and respect, he is an obvious favorite. After serving five years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, he has become one of the all-time, if not the greatest, coach across all sports. He has amassed numerous records, awards and accolades, but most importantly, he earned the very prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate award.
He has inspired numerous individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds over the course of his career. There is no better leader to serve within the Presidential Cabinet than Gregg Popovich as his coaching would be a true asset to the other members as well as the American people.
He received his undergraduate degree in Soviet Studies from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his Masters in Physical Education and Sports Sciences from the University of Denver.
Nick Hanauer, Entrepreneur - Nick has managed, founded or financed over 30 companies, creating aggregate market value of tens of billions of dollars. Some notable companies Include Amazon.com and Aquantive.
Most importantly, he is actively involved in a broad variety of civic and philanthropic activities, In 2000, he co-founded the League of Education Voters (LEV); a non-partisan statewide political organization focused on promoting public education. He currently serves as Co-President of the LEV. Additionally, Hanauer serves or has served a broad range of civic organizations including the boards of the Cascade Land Conservancy, The University of Washington Foundation, The Seattle Alliance for Education, and The MT Lemmon Science Center. His crowning achievement came in 2015 when he co-founded Civic Ventures, a small group of political troublemakers devoted to ideas, policies, and actions that catalyze significant social change.
He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington.